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Community Planning Group Resources

Council Policy Governing Community Planning Groups

The City Council adopted policies in the 1960s and 1970s that established and recognized community planning groups as formal mechanisms for community input in the land use decision-making processes. In 1966, the San Diego City Council formalized this government-citizen relationship with the adoption of PDF icon Council Policy 600-05. The organization and structure of the relationship were further clarified in 1976 by the City Council’s adoption of PDF icon Council Policy 600-24 , ‘Standard Operating Procedures and Responsibilities of Recognized Community Planning Groups.’ In addition, the Administrative Guidelines, assist planning groups with their understanding of CP 600-24. Community Planning Groups (CPG) are required to adopt operating procedures and responsibilities, otherwise known as bylaws, which must be consistent with the requirements of the Council Policy. The bylaws ensure that the group will represent the community at large, will solicit input from the community and will operate in a fair manner.

Applicability of the California Open Meeting Law (Brown Act)

On Oct. 27, 2006, the City Attorney issued a PDF icon memorandum of law advising that Community Planning Groups (CPGs) and the Community Planners Committee (CPC) must comply with California's Open Meeting Law, the PDF icon Ralph M. Brown Act. The purpose of the act is to ensure the actions and deliberations of public bodies occur openly with public access and input. A PDF icon summary of Brown Act references within Council Policy 600-24 is provided. For more information, view the PDF icon presentation on the Brown Act presented at the Community Orientation Workshop (COW) or the video below.  The League of California Cities Open and Public Handbook is also mentioned at the end of the training video as a helpful resource related to the Brown Act.

Workshops and Training

Community Planning Group Orientation Workshop and Electronic Community Planning Group Orientation Workshop (previously E-COW)

Attendance by all community planning group members at a Community Planning Group Orientation Workshop, previously called Community Orientation Workshop (COW) is required by City Council Policy 600-24. In order to meet the criteria for indemnification, this training must be completed within 60 days of being elected, or as soon as it is scheduled.

The Community Planning Group Orientation Workshop is typically offered once a year in the spring following annual elections in March. If a planning group member cannot attend the workshop in person or via Zoom, newly elected Board members can take the the  Electronic Community Orientation Workshop online at their convenience.  For more information, email SDPlanningGroups@sandiego.gov.


2022 Virtual Community Planning Group Orientation Workshop 

The Virtual Community Planning Group Orientation Workshop will take place on June 6, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and include a review of Council Policy, project review procedures and City Planning functions. 

Workshop Presentations Archives

2021 Virtual Community Orientation Workshop (COW)

The Virtual Community Orientation Workshop took place via Zoom on June 7, 2021 and included a review of Council Policy 600-24, Administrative Guidelines, the project review process, and a discussion on other topics related to City functions.  Please see the following recording of the Virtual COW and associated materials for reference.

2019 Workshop Presentations

2018 Workshop Presentations